SEA OF JAPAN (NNS) -- The forward-deployed Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG 85) conducted bilateral sonar operations training with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), Feb. 8.
McCampbell Sailors deployed an Expandable Mobile Anti-Submarine Warfare Training Target (EMATT), which was tracked by McCampbell and JS Hyuga (DDH 181).
The training required the ships to work together in order to accomplish the end goal, and as a result strengthened interoperability between the two forces.
“This exercise was a great opportunity to conduct our anti-submarine warfare capabilities with our Japanese counterparts,” said Chief Sonar Technician (Surface) Brandon Denton. “It gave us a chance to work on tactical communications and to ensure we can work together smoothly in a real life situation.”
Denton expressed the importance of conducting training in order to keep the ship and the crew mission ready.
“We can never get enough practice. Any opportunity we get to run an exercise like this, we have to take it. We have to be ready at any time and training like this keeps us prepared.”
The JMSDF and U.S. Navy regularly participate in training evolutions together to continue to build on the maritime partnership.
McCampbell is forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan, and is on a routine patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.